I used to believe in true love.
Until he broke me.
Where there’s love, there’s lies.
I used to believe I wasn’t what she needed.
Until I let her love in.
I’ve changed for her.
I want her to believe in me like I need to believe in myself.
Isaac James stayed out of my life for five years. He wasn't to blame, after all, protecting me imprisoned him.
Now he’s back. The chemistry is still there, the tension is still there, the love is still there… the pain is still there.
Isaac James was my rock, my first love… my family.
Olivia McKenna has always been my weakness. I’d do anything to protect her, which I proved, despite it taking me to prison.
I’ve stayed away, trying to do the right thing. I thought I was still protecting her. But, I’m lost without her… even if I’m not sure I can be what she needs.
Olivia McKenna was my forever… for always.
** This book is set in the UK. First cousin relationships are tackled within this book; please be aware those relationships are legal within the UK.**
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My first book by this author & not my last.
Twisted Truth is a great story that captures everything I love in a contemporary romance with the added cherry on the cake of a childhood to adulthood love story.
There's military ops action, angst, danger, at times I got frustrated with the characters but it all leads to a happy ending. The author balanced everything out brilliantly and had me constantly turning the pages.
Via and Isaac grew up together, they are cousins but Isaac is adopted so he isn't a blood relative.
Isaac is protective of Via and they love each other but never do anything about it until Via is about 18, by this time Isaac has been in the army.
When Isaac sees bruises on Via from her ex he see's red, beats him which gets him thrown into jail and out of the forces.
Lives change from that point and Via doesn't see Isaac for years he refuses her visits.
There's secrets and lies, Isaac goes into Black Op's and stays away from Via to protect her but hurts her in the process with his cool and distant behavior and never telling her the truth about who he really is in his new life in the Black Op's which would explain why he is the way he is with her. Isaac is distant to protect her, something he has done all his life, Isaac has always looked out for and protected Via she just can't see it.
Throughout Twisted Truth Isaac is warm then cold, this is were I got frustrated with the characters, he tells Via he wants her but he knows he can't until his life is free from his operations.
Twisted truth is good, there's more than enough action and emotional events to keep you turning the pages.
*Spoiler if you have read previous books, I haven't read any previous books by this author but discover a death or deaths of a couple in this book, relations to both Via and Isaac are characters from a previous book so I'm going to stay away from that one and I'm not sure why the author has done that? why not used a distant relative for a funeral scene?.
In summary Twisted Truth is recommended for action, angst, passionate moments and a childhood friends to lovers story. Told in first person dual pov and can be read as a standalone.
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